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That’s how newcomers Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha sum up the shoot of their latest film, Akaash Vani
BOMBAY TIMES (January 24, 2013)
Working with familiar faces definitely has its perks as Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha discovered when they began work on their second outing, Akaash Vani. They also had Pyaar Ka Punchnama director Luv Ranjan for company as they shot across Delhi, Manali and Europe.
The first shooting spell of the film, produced by Abhishek Pathak and Kumar Mangat Pathak, was at St Stephen’s College in Delhi last December with shoots lasting 14 hours, sometimes continuing well into the night “The challenge was to be as alert and emotive at the end of the day as we were in the mornings,” states Kartik. The lead pair, a gruelling schedule notwithstanding, found time to explore the city, with Kartik wolfing down delicacies at Parathewali Gali in Chandni Chowk. Adds Nushrat, “After a couple of days, the schedule seemed like one long picnic. More so because we had worked with Luv and the team before. The experience was a lot of fun.”
Shooting in snow-laden Manali was an altogether different affair for Kartik and Nushrat. One of their most difficult sequences involved filming at sunrise at 4 am. Nushrat recalls, “We had only a 10-15 minute window, and it was so cold that the diesel in the generators froze. We had to portray a state of complete bliss for the camera, while in reality the cold made me want to cut my fingers and ears off because they hurt More >
Whisks her off for an European holiday before he gets back to work in a busy year
Vickey Lalwani and Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 8, 2013)
It has been a tough time for Aditya Chopra. Not only did he have to deal with the loss of his father, he has had to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the production house on the right track. And what better way to prep for his role in the new year, than by taking off for a bit of R&R with Rani Mukerji.
Mirror has learnt that the fiercely reclusive filmmaker and the actress are on a long holiday in Europe. “Honestly, Adi and Rani have kept this holiday very private. But as far as I know, they are in London. That’s their favourite holiday destination,” said a friend of the filmmaker, adding, “They are unlikely to return in a hurry.”
Incidentally, buzz about the exact status of the relationship intensified ever since Chopra senior passed away.
It has been reported that the two, who have never admitted to being in any sort of a romantic relationship, may have secretly tied the knot. “Rani has been a pillar of strength for Adi,” says a source close to the Chopra family. “She was very much a part of the family during Yash-ji’s ailment and demise. She performed all the duties of a family member, without being obtrusive or conspicuous,” added the source.
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; September 7, 2012)Mugdha Godse DNA
Actor Mugdha Godse, who’s just returned from a month-long adventurous, back-packing trip across Europe describes it as one of the best holidays, she’s ever had. “Yes I was busy holidaying in Europe,” says the actor, who had finally taken a break from her shooting schedules. Calling it a rather well-deserved break, Mugdha reveals the places she had visited. “I visited Spain, Barcelone, Portugal, Hungary, Budapest, Lisbon, and a host of other places,” adds Mugdha. What made it more exciting was the fact that she even got to attend several of the local festivals there including a few international ones like the O.Z.O.R.A. music festival and the Italian Nova festival. “I was to return earlier, but then decided to extend my holiday by a week and also celebrate my birthday there. And at the end of it, I still wanted my vacation to last a little longer,” shares Mughdha.
While she was away, the actor seems to have got a huge surprise gift back home in the form of the release of the first look of Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine, in which Mugdha has a cameo. “Well, when Madhur asked me to do a cameo, I just agreed, but I had no idea that I would be in the promos. The look was unveiled on the day of my birthday, when I was in Europe. But it was the best surprise gift I could’ve ever got,” says Mugdha, talking about the phone calls she got from her friends on seeing the promos. Having worked with Madhur on More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 9, 2012)
Moving away from the usual ‘success party’ routine, Ajay Devgn has decided to celebrate the box office numbers of his last release Bol Bachchan with his wife Kajol, and kids Nysa and Yug in Europe. Mirror has learnt the actor has planned a ten-day vacation with his family starting this Wednesday.
A friend of the actor revealed, “Ajay is flying on Wednesday with Kajol and the kids. He will be back from Europe after ten days. He will then start shooting a song with Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt for Son Of Sardaar by the end of this month.”
Incidentally, Devgn has always liked celebrating the success of his films with his family. “After Singham released, he took his family on a quick trip to Dubai. He tries to spend time with his family whenever possible,” said the friend.
The holiday will also double up as a pre-birthday celebration for Kajol, who turns a year older on August 5.
Shreya Badola (DNA; May 12, 2012)Shah Rukh Khan DNA
There is a lot that’s keeping actor Shah Rukh Khan occupied these days. The star is shuttling between managing his shoots and taking time out to cheer for his cricket team and watch them play.
Ask him on the apparent news of actor Abhishek Bachchan being roped in for Farah Khan’s next Happy New Year, and the actor denies it outright. “Well, that’s not correct. In fact, I happened to read it in the newspapers myself. The cast has not been decided yet, except for one, that’s me… the announcement will be made soon hopefully,” he says.
Apart from shooting for his films, King Khan is also committed to take time out for his cricket team. So does that get hectic for this charismatic star? “What hectic?I fly in my private plane. I’m a fu***n’ superstar man! I live in a presidential suite. I go cheer for my team, wish them luck, I get to chat up with people outside work and I enjoy it,” says Khan at a Tag Heuer event in the city.
Considering his nine years of endorsing a watch, you wonder if Khan has been working on getting punctual too.Laughing, he says, “I don’t think it’s got anything to do with me being punctual or prompt. In fact, had that been the criteria I don’t think I would ever qualify to endorse a watch,” he quips.
Like many other actors who have been heading out for a holiday or planning one, Khan too is looking forward to a short summer vacation with family. “I usually take time off in June because the kids More >
BOMBAY TIMES (October 7, 2011)
Kangna Ranaut is currently on a holiday in Europe. She is enjoying a much needed break after busy year and two of box office hits — Tanu Weds Manu and Double Dhamaal in her kitty.
Her next film Miley Naa Miley Hum, produced by Anuj Saxena and directed by Tanveer Khan, opposite Chirag Paswan releases on November 4. The actress says she is very happy for the first time hero, “It is really Chirag’s film. It is his debut and launch. I have almost a guest appearance in the film. It’s very short. The film is not a romantic film, but about relationships — Chirag’s relationships with his parents, and about bringing them together.”
It is an unusual choice to do a film with a newcomer but the actress says she’s always made unusual choices, and they have worked for her. Kangna is looking forward to her next lot of films — Tanu Weds Manu 2, Dedh Ishqyaa and I Love New Year.
The Percept Picture Company’s Raftaar 24X7 starring Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia which was put on hold owing to the 2009 recession will finally roll.
The film will now pay a tribute to its director Shamin Desai who expired January last year. And it will have a new name too.
Talking about the revival, Abhishek Nayar, Head of Marketing, Percept Picture Company says, “New title is yet to be announced. It is currently untitled.
I was on a recce in Europe and some places in India for the song that remains to be shot, which concluded last week. We plan to release it in the second half of the year.”
Raftaar 24×7, originally supposed to release around the same time as Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann is about the media today.
“The film is complete and will be a tribute to Shamin Desai. The pending film will be shot by Shiraz Bhattacharya.
He was trained by Shamin for this job. Shiraz has done more than 30 ad films and music videos with A list stars like SRK, Kareena and Priyanka,” says Abhishek.
She is set to launch her signature fashion line; says it’s been a dream for over a decade
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; May 1, 2011)
Most actresses want to turn producers (Lara, Ameesha, Sushmita), or start a restaurant (Katrina, Bipasha, Shilpa), at some point in their lives, when they feel the need to explore a new business opportunity. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan does things differently. She wants to launch her signature fashion line.
An informer reveals to BT, “A few years ago, Ash was approached by some fashion houses abroad to be the face of their brand, or be associated with them at some level, but she’d declined. Now some big names from Europe are looking at a partnership with her. However, it is unclear if Ash will go for a joint venture or launch her own fashion line. She is keen to launch her exclusive fashion line that will travel globally.” Ash confirms, “I have plans. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a decade, but had put my plans on a backburner, and now I better get my act together. There was so much happening around me that I had kept it on hold.”
Ash has been approached by as many as 15 top international designers from London, New York and Italy. She, by flaunting her saris and gowns at grand international events and with her insistence on minimalistic make-up and accessories in Bollywood, is considered to be quite a trend starter.
Inshallah Football, a film on how the sport becomes a catalyst for youth in the Valley and suggests a solution to the Kashmir problem, has a limited reach due to its ‘adults only’ tag. Is Indian politics at work here?
Aseem Chhabra (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 17, 2011)
Towards the beginning of Ashvin Kumar’s remarkable documentary Inshallah Football, the film’s protagonist Basharat states his case and that becomes the basis of the film.
Basharat is an 18-year-old high school student in Srinagar, a star footballer who has a chance to go to Brazil to play in the minor leagues. But unfortunately, his passport application has been delayed for one obvious reason his father is a former Kashmiri militant, who travelled to Pakistan for training and was later arrested and tortured by the Indian security forces.
Basharat was only two years old when his father joined the militancy and he rightly feels that he is being unfairly punished for something he had no control over.The passport application of the protagonist, an 18-year-old star footballer, is delayed as his father is a former militant
His father has since renounced the militancy and now runs a legitimate business in Srinagar. The film follows Basharat’s struggle to get a passport. He eventually succeeds with the assistance of the state’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Inshallah Football is a rare film that provides an alternative solution to the crisis in Kashmir, at a time when nobody seems to More >
Sachin Bhowmick, the man behind the gripping storylines of Krrish to Karan Arjun to Karz, breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 13, 2011)
After 50 glorious years of penning gripping storylines for Bollywood, Sachin Bhowmick, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a prolonged illness.
His family cremated him at the Shivaji Park crematorium around 4 pm. As for the people he had worked with over the last half century, hardly anybody was present to bid a final goodbye.Jagdish Aurangabadkar
Infact, very few people in the industry knew about his demise. Shammi Kapoor who worked with him in numerous hits, was unaware of the writer passing away, “It is extremely sad and I am shocked by your phone call. I met him a couple of months back during a special screening of An Evening in Paris.
He had a great mind and a special art of giving you a wonderful screenplay by joining little pieces together. One thing that I would never forget was the way he would speak Hindi with a Bengali accent. We would never understand and would request him to switch to English.”
Bhowmick started his career as a writer in Bollywood in 1958 with Nargis and Balraj Sahni starrer Lajwanti. In the 1960’s, his stories and screenplays became synonymous with success. Sachin churned out hits like Anuradha (1961), Ziddi (1964), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Majboor (1964), Love In Tokyo (1966), An Evening In Paris (1967), Brahmchari (1968) and More >